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- DescriptionPublished to mark the first centenary of Italy's entry into the Great War, Like Leaves in Autumn features 21 original Italian poems by Giuseppe Ungaretti, with new English translations by Heather Scott. These are set alongside 21 new poems by contemporary Scottish poets writing in response to Ungaretti, and are illustrated with striking black-and-white artworks from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, owned by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. One of Europe's greatest modernist poets, Ungaretti was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, to an Italian family from Tuscany. From 1915, he served in the Italian infantry in the campaign against Austria-Hungary. It was a ferocious conflict fought in the mountains of Northern Italy in trenches dug out of Alpine rock. Thousands died and Ungaretti's poems, written during pauses in the fighting, channel these horrific experiences. In addition to his grief and loss, these verses are shaped both by Ungaretti's sense of exile and by his intense life-affirming poetic sensibility. A century on, this anthology offers a creative interplay of recollection, translation and new inspiration. Italian, English, Scots and Gaelic voices mingle on these pages, and the artworks spark a dialogue between words and images, creating an alchemy of further meanings.
- Author BiographyGUISEPPE UNGARETTI (1888-1970) is one of Europe's greatest modernist poets. He was also a writer, literary critic, journalist and university professor in Italy and in Brazil. He was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, to an Italian family from Tuscany. At the age of 24, he moved to Paris, where he associated with prominent artists of the European avant garde. Ungaretti fought on the Italian front from 1915 to 1917, taking part in some of the bloodiest episodes of the Great War, during which time much of his greatest poetry was written. Ungaretti later worked as a correspondent for Il Popolo d'Italia, a political daily paper founded by Benito Mussolini. In 1936, he moved to Brazil, where he took up a teaching post at Sao Paulo University. He continued to teach, travel and write throughout his life. The 21 poems by Ungaretti in the present anthology were selected from the collection, L'Allegria (The Joy, 1931). The original title of the book was Allegria di naufragi (The Joy of Shipwrecks), first published in 1919. This collection in turn included, in one of its sections, a tiny group of lyrical poems entitled Il Porto Sepolto (The Buried Harbour) written in the trenches during the First World War on 'scraps of paper salvaged from the packaging of bullets'. The latter had been published separately in 1916 in only 80 copies. The 1919 volume underwent many corrections and additions before the 1931 publication, which itself also underwent a series of small changes, until in 1942 a final text appeared. The Joy, like Ungaretti's entire critical essays, prose and translations, is collected in several volumes published by Mondadori, entitled Vita d'un uomo (The Life of a Man).
- PublisherLuath Press Ltd
- Date of Publication23/03/2015
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationEdinburgh
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2015
- ImprintLuath Press Ltd
- Content Note21 black & white plates
- Width155 mm
- Height202 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byCarlo Pirozzi,Katherine Lockton
- Format DetailsA-format paperback
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